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Pokémon Legends: Arceus – How To Get All 8 Starters

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a wonderful reimagining of the Pokémon genre. We’re taken way back to the ancient past of the Sinnoh region, known as Hisui. Here life with Pokémon is not exactly as you remember. Pokémon have not been fully integrated into society as seamlessly as they are in the modern days. And the land and towns are as rural as they have ever been.

What hasn’t changed however is your choice between three starter Pokémon before your journey begins. This time they are Cyndaquil, Rowlet and Oshawott. This will be your first Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Generally, to acquire the other starter Pokémon you’ll have to trade with your friend, which is just unrealistic because nobody is trading their starter Pokémon. But in Pokémon Legends: Arceus you’re able to catch all the starters out in the wild including the other starter Pokémon from previous games such as Turtwig, Piplup, Chimchar, Pikachu and Eevee!

In this guide, we’re going to show you where and how to find all the starter Pokémon. Just a note that these starters are quite rare out in the wild and have a lower spawning rate in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. So be patient or you can even give the spawning roll a restart by heading back to Jubilife Village. Then return to the location where they’ll spawn.



The Fire Mouse Pokémon

Type: Fire

Requirements: Complete the game and return to Professor Laventon. He will give you Cyndaquil if you didn’t choose it as your starter Pokémon.

In The Wild: Crimson Mirelands, Holm of Trials in Space-Time Distortions.

Space-Time Distortions in Pokémon Legends: Arceus occur throughout the game’s region at random. These distortions will drop plenty of rare and valuable items while spawning exceptionally rare Pokemon that can’t be caught anywhere else. These events will begin appearing after defeating Kleavor, reaching a two-star rank and entering the Crimson Mirelands.

Once a space distortion has appeared, you can check your map for its location; a white vortex will indicate it on the map. Enter the vortex to catch and collect as much as you can. Once the distortion ends, the normal Pokémon that appear in the area will begin spawning again.

Evolution: Cyndaquil evolves into Quilava (Fire). Quilava will evolve into Hisuian Typhlosion (Fire/Ghost).



The Sea Otter Pokémon

Type: Water

Requirements: Complete the game and return to Professor Laventon. He will give you Oshawott if you didn’t choose it as your starter Pokémon.

In The Wild: Alabaster Icelands, Heart’s Crag in Space-Time Distortions.

Evolution: Oshawott evolves into Dewott (Water). Dewott will evolve into Hisuian Samurott (Water/Dark).



The Grass Quill Pokémon

Type: Grass/Flying

Requirements: Complete the game and return to Professor Laventon. He will give you Rowlet if you didn’t choose it as your starter Pokémon.

In The Wild: Coronet Highlands in Space-Time Distortions.

Evolution: Rowlet evolves into Dartrix (Grass/Flying). Dartrix will evolve into Hisuian Decidueye (Grass/Fighting).



The Chimp Pokémon

Type: Fire

Requirements: Unlock the ability to travel across water. Unlock the Basculegion mount by completing the mission ‘The Lordless Island’.

Kamado will send the player to Cobalt Coastlands to help Irida and the Pearl Clan. Upon arriving, players are challenged by Irida in another battle and are then directed to find someone named Palina. Speak to Palina and her Hisuian Growlithe. She’ll then direct you to speak to Iscan. He lives in a Diamond Clan tent on Aipom Hill. Iscan will mention how he can make Basculegion’s favourite food, but he’ll need help from a Dusclops, which can be found near Deadwood Haunt at night.

Catch Dusclops and return to Iscan. After a cutscene, he can be found on the shores directly in front of the Beachside Camp. After the mission, Basculegion will be “added” to the Celestial Flute.

In The Wild: On the Ramanas Island, South of Obsidian Fieldlands, wandering the coast of the island will be multiple Chimchars that can be captured. You’ll find them on the Deertrack Path at night.



The Penguin Pokémon

Type: Water

Requirements: Unlock the ability to travel across water or fly.

In The Wild: At the Cobalt Coastlands, head to the Islespy Shore. Piplup will be chilling around a small pond, in the Spring Path area. You must keep in mind that it will be surrounded by Bibarels, so be careful to not attract too much attention. Piplup startles easily and runs, so we advise sneaking up, using a lure or stunning it before it can escape.



The Tiny Leaf Pokémon

Type: Grass

In The Wild: Turtwig will show up in a very, very small zone at the most southern part of the Droning Meadow, Southeast in the Crimson Mirelands. To get there cross the river to the east of Ursa’s Ring at the bottom half of Drowning Meadow’s pond.

Keep in mind that this area has a pond that occupies most of it, leaving only a short path to walk in. Getting access to the high grass patches surrounding this pokemon can be tricky, so be as stealthy as you can and avoid attracting the attention of any other pokemon in this zone to successfully catch Turtwig.



The Evolution Pokémon

Type: Normal

In The Wild: Rare spawn found Day or Night in the Horseshoe Plains, North of the Obsidian Fieldlands. Eevee is pretty jumpy, so you will need to sneak up on it or else it will run away.

Other locations are the Crossing Slope at the Cobalt Coastlands. Avalugg’s Legacy and Avalanche Slopes in the Alabaster Icelands.

Evolution: Eevee can evolve to Vaporeon using the Water Stone. Flareon using the Fire Stone. Jolteon using the Thunder Stone. Leafeon using the Leaf Stone. Glaceon using the Ice Stone.

For Sylveon, Umbreon, and Espeon you’ll need to make friends with your Eevee. Eevee will become friendly over time just by having it in your party and winning battles with it. Make sure it doesn’t faint, and eventually, it will become friendly toward you. You can also give it EXP Candy to make it friendlier faster. Once Eevee is friendly enough, a notification in the top left will let you know it’s ready to evolve.

If you want a Sylveon evolve Eevee with an active Fairy-type move. For Espeon or Umbreon you’ll need to visit Zisu at the Training Grounds to teach it a new move that isn’t a Fairy-type, then change its moves in the menu. To get Especon, evolve Eevee during the day and for Umbreon, at night.



The Mouse Pokémon

Type: Electric

In The Wild: You can find Pikachu in the Nature’s Pantry area of the Obsidian Fieldlands. Pikachu will not always spawn in this location, so you may need to check here a few times before they spawn. It is also best to come to this location during the day. Use an Oran Berry as a distraction for easier catching.

You can also find Pikachu in the Crimson Mirelands east of the Solaceon Ruins, past the river and trees.


We hope you’re having an amazing adventure in Pokémon Legends: Arceus! Be sure to check out all our other guides for the game here!